ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN
B. Kelantan, 1938-2015
Kg. Sabak, 2012
Signed and dated “Signed and dated “ISMAIL MAT HUSSIN 2012” on lower right
Watercolour on paper
37.5 x 50 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Venturing a little further away from his usual batik art, Ismail Mat Hussin presents a piece of nostalgia of a village called Sabak in Kelantan with his watercolour prowess.
Even with the knowledge that this was painted mere years ago, the greyish tint to the entire piece creates the mood of taking a trip down memory lane, especially with the almost misty and foggy quality to it. It also speaks of a laidback, mundane yet modest life in the countryside.
Ismail Mat Hussin was born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. He developed an interest in batik at the mere age 12 years old and picked up his batik skills from well-known artist Khalil Ibrahim and art teacher Yusoff Abdullah. His career began as a violinist for Radio Televisyen Malaysia Kota Bharu, but he left and decided to put his all into painting.